Smoking; A World of Curious Facts, Queer Fancies, and Lively Anecdotes about Pipes, Tobacco and Cigars

 
9781236525246: Smoking; A World of Curious Facts, Queer Fancies, and Lively Anecdotes about Pipes, Tobacco and Cigars

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...Chatting and hesitation on their part followed. "But you do not proceed to business, gentlemen," said Mazzini; "I believe your intention is to kill me." The astounded miscreants fell on their knees, and at length departed with the generous pardon accorded them, whilst a longer puff of smoke than usual was the only malediction sent after them. Thackeray says that the man who smokes has a great advantage in conversation. "You may," he says, " stop talking if you like, but the breaks of silence never seem disagreeable, being filled up by the puffing of the smoke; hence there is no awkwardness in resuming the conversation, no straining for effect, sentiments are delivered ia a grave, easy manner. The cigar harmonizes the society, and soothes at once the speaker and the subject whereon he converses. I have no doubt that it is from the habit of smoking that Turks and American Indians are such monstrous well-bred men." How precious a cigar may be to a smoker is illustrated by an anecdote told by Bismarck himself, who says that at Koniggratz he had only one cigar in his pocket, which he carefully guarded as a miser does his treasure. He looked forward to the happy hour when he should enjoy it, after the battle. "But," he says, "1 had miscalculated my chances. A poor dragoon lay helpless, with both arms crushed, murmuring for something to refresh him. I felt in my pockets, and found that I had only gold, which would be of no use to him. But stay, I had still my treasured cigar. I lighted it for him and placed it between his teeth. You should have seen the poor fellow's grateful smile. I never enjoyed a cigar so much as that one which I did not smoke." Earl Russell was once questioning Tennyson...

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